Future of Goodmayes Park Extension discussed at public meeting

A public meeting was held about the future of the Goodmayes Park Extension

A public meeting was held about the future of the Goodmayes Park Extension - Credit: Archant

The future of the Goodmayes Park Extension is arguably a hot topic and residents certainly seemed to agree at a public meeting last night.

About 30 people turned out at Goodmayes Library to put forward their views on what they think the space should be used for.

The event in Goodmayes Lane, held as part of a public consultation, was attended by Cllr Wes Streeting, deputy leader of Redbridge Council and cabinet member for health and wellbeing, and Ian Sheppard and Kevin Wackett, from the local authority’s parks and open spaces team.

The lively audience passionately shared their views, with many arguing that the park extension should remain largely as it is.

However, ideas suggested by individuals included hosting community events at the space, planting flowers and trees, removing the fence to give it more of a village green feel and forming a charity representing the views of different people such as young people, sport groups and residents.

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Cllr Streeting said the council decided to go “right back to the beginning” after the previous administration’s lease deal with Singh Sabha Football Club fell through.

He added: “If residents want to keep it as it is we will listen, but I think it would be a disappointment as it could be so much more.”

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